Men?s Shed has a good friend in Williamson



WHO could say no to iconic Aussie singer John Williamson?

Those at the Nambucca Heads Men's Shed are hoping the answer is no-one, with Mr Williamson offering to speak to Prime Minister John Howard on their behalf.

Embraced by the broader community and helping countless men in the Nambucca Heads region, the Men's Shed has seen enormous success in the past few years.

However, as many would be aware, the future of the project is now in doubt.

The shed's Federal funding, which has kept it alive for the past two years, runs out at the end of January.

And according to project officer, Mr Stuart Holmes, this simply means the project won't be able to carry on.

"Unfortunately without that funding we will have to close the sheds doors," he said.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, with a special phone call this week making the light a little brighter.

"John Williamson called and wants to speak to the Prime Minister on our behalf. He heard what we do here and was very impressed," Mr Holmes said.

Mr Williamson, joins a long list of supporters.

"We have received an enormous amount of support from individuals, business houses and organisations," Mr Holmes said.

The member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, has also jumped on board, hoping to take the issue up in Parliament. He also has an appointment to speak to the Minister for Family and Community Services to discuss options.

Add that to the media attention the shed has been receiving and Mr Holmes is hopeful for a positive outcome.



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